Salivary Gland Trauma: A Review of Diagnosis and Treatment.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction 12/2012; 5(4):189-196. DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1313356
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ABSTRACT Salivary gland trauma is uncommon. Parotid gland and duct injuries are far more common than injuries to submandibular and sublingual glands due to anatomic position. Several methods of treating salivary duct injuries and their complications have been advocated. Optimal treatment outcomes can be achieved with early diagnosis, adequate evaluation, and proper management. This article presents current diagnostic and treatment protocols of salivary gland trauma. The anatomy of the salivary glands is briefly described and clinical cases are also presented to illustrate the treatment options described.

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